How Do You Progress Through The Lessons?
Hey all, so i'm currently learning Spanish and I'm just wondering what's the best thing to do in regards to learning. Do i do EVERY lesson up until level 1 and then go back through and progress to level 2...rinse and repeat?
Or would it be better to do a whole section up until max level then progress?
I'm not really sure what would be best.
if it's your first time doing the tree i'd say it's best to get to about level two on each one. so do each lesson about 10 times in total? for revision i'd say maybe level four. three if you have a good memory. there's really not a whole lot of reason to go up to level five except to gild your whole tree.
i've tried with a few trees and there doesn't seem to be any content in the upper levels of the lower section that doesn't get covered later in the tree.
crowns (with different difficulties every level, and new, in-depth vocab) is a very hard thing to pull off without an entire re-design of the tree.
if you want to get to level five just to access new content, that's okay, don't bother. there is an increase in difficulty from level one to level three maybe but it's mostly just longer sentences, at least in the lessons i've done up to level five. not many. 30 repeats for a single lesson is too much for me :( i get to level three and then stop. maybe level four if i liked the lesson.
it is good motivation for revising! i want all my lessons to be on the same level, so if i have one lessons that's level four they all have to be level four...
anyway, it's both good and bad and i'm not sad about the changes, i'm glad duo is doing their best to teach us efficiently! good luck on your language learning journey :-)
My rule is to do a skill, the skill(s) below it must be one level higher than it will be. So first I do skill 1. Then I get that to level 2 before moving on to skill 2. Then before doing skill 3 I get skill 1 to level 3 and skill 2 to level 2, etc.
So right now my tree is 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 3.5(the one I'm working on) 2, 2 (double layer skill), 1, 1 (another double layer) 0, 0, 0...
I have been achieving level 1's until I reach a checkpoint, then going back to the start of that section and getting 2's before I move on.
Then when I'm bogged down in new material and need to boost my confidence, I will go back to an early skill and grind it up to 5... which is also a nice way to achieve some fast XP after you've been taking your time with new concepts.
I would suggest taking time to check out What are Crown Levels?
And also the mega post on crowns that is also mentioned in that help resource.
It all depends on your own learning style and what you find useful for your own learning journey.
I also highly recommend taking time to read the tips and notes. And also checking out the sentence discussion forums, as you go through lessons. Also , ask language questions as well.
Most people seem to find doing a mix, of pushing through the tree, yet taking time to repeat certain lessons that interest them, or that they find particularly challenging. And to take the time on those, to read tips and notes, and to also check out the Sentence Discussions.
Wishing you the best with your language learning.
Isn't the point of a language tool like Duolingo to guide a person and be that intelligence? If someone needs an instruction manual to use your app, haven't you failed? This is the first time learning a new language and I look at my tree and don't know what the hell to do next...
I've just started using flashcards on paper... The audio isn't even that good (in Romanian)
I originally did one or 2 levels in sections and moved on, thinking I would do levels 3 or 4 later to help refresh. Then I saw my progress atrophy or be deleted unless you max a section out. I still refresh myself or practice sections I've completed, but I do complete them for the most part before moving on so my progress isn't deleted.
I think it depends a lot on how good your memory is.
Within a section, I will generally complete Level 1 of a skill and move on to the next skill if I feel comfortable. But I will get all skills in a section to at least level two before I start a new section.
But when I find I am making a lot of mistakes, I go back and practice those sections again. So that eventually levels them up more. And I often just go straight to the Practice button (the one with the little dumbbell weight) to give myself "pop quizzes". Sometimes doing that gives me practice in a skill I didn't realize I was rusty in.
The advantage of going all the way through to level 5 on each skills seems to be repetition (some stuff I know without having to think, it just comes out, as would do in my native language) and that levels 4 & 5 get you to do more of the typing - so levels 1/2/3 do more questions where you pick answers/listen/speak but it's a different/harder skill/brain function to write in the language (spelling, grammar, accents etc). The old adage is that we remember 30% of what we see, 60% of what we see and hear, 90% of what we see, hear and write.... Different brain functions/means of applying the language.
I do everything to level 5, but I do it progressively. What I mean by that is that I will start my day with one skill at level 4, then next at 3, then 2, and finally 1 skill at level 1. I try to do 5 skills a day so that I progress each skill by one, completing the level 4 skill and starting a new skill at the end.
It has been working well for me so far and really feels like I'm learning. By the time I master one skill, I'm already learning something new.